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2 BNSF Railway workers killed on tracks in SW South Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:51pm

Two BNSF Railway employees have been struck and killed by a train near Edgemont in southwestern South Dakota.

Texas, 13 other states sue to block Obama coal mining rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:51pm

Texas and 13 other states have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams.

Small nuclear reactor design submitted for federal approval

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:41pm

An Oregon company has asked federal officials to approve its design for a small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho.

Bill would let woman sue doctors who perform their abortions

Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:40pm

Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later.

Mississippi sues Google, saying it violates student privacy

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:31pm

Mississippi's attorney general is once again tangling with Google, alleging it is illegally violating student privacy.

Texas leases more land, but gets lower prices amid oil slump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:31pm

The demand to lease Texas' publicly held land for energy exploration has increased since last summer, despite low oil prices — but it generated lower average prices.

The Latest: Bids taken on Donald Trump's earliest home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:31pm

The Latest on an auction of Republican President-elect Donald Trump's first childhood home (all times local):

Dakota Access company seeks to block pipeline study

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:21pm

The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

Rates rise on short-term bills at weekly auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:21pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Tuesday's auction, with rates on three-month rates rising to their highest level since late December.

New legislators weigh ending Minnesota's Sunday booze ban

Kyle Potter and Brian Edwards, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:21pm

A ban on Sunday liquor sales that has been Minnesota law for more than eight decades could face a more aggressive challenge than usual this year due to an influx of new legislators and a push by one of the state's most powerful politicians.

Tiffany feels the Trump effect on 5th Avenue

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:21pm

Security barricades, protesters and a perpetual media encampment in and around Trump Tower since the election tarnished sales at Tiffany, the posh jeweler whose flagship store is just steps from the president-elect's front door.

McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:20pm

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy in recent years.

New York Times correspondent denied entry into Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:14pm

The New York Times reported that one of its correspondents was briefly detained by border officials in Turkey as he arrived Tuesday at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, then was forced to take a flight back to London with no explanation for why he had been refused entry into the country.

Richard Davis, longtime CEO of US Bank, to retire

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:12pm

U.S. Bank Chairman and CEO Richard Davis announced Tuesday that he will retire from his job as head of one of the nation's largest regional banks.

CSX Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit declines 2 percent

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:11pm

CSX Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit declined 2 percent as the railroad worked to limit its costs while shipping demand remained weak.

Judge lets federal flaring rules take effect during lawsuit

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:03pm

New nationwide rules to curtail the practice of burning off excess natural gas from oil and gas wells on federal land took effect as scheduled Tuesday after a judge said he saw no urgent reason to block them while a lawsuit moves ahead.

State finishes safety review at site of major gas blowout

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:01pm

A Southern California Gas Company facility where a blowout spewed methane for nearly four months has completed a safety review and could resume reduced operations after a series of public hearings, state officials said Tuesday.

Official: Puerto Rico govt could collapse if no steps taken

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:53pm

The administration of Puerto Rico's new governor warned on Tuesday that the government of the U.S. territory could shut down if dramatic measures to offset its financial crisis aren't taken soon.

In Price's Ga. district, what happens after health repeal

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:51pm

Carla Dent is a restaurant owner who steers her employees to federal health insurance exchanges. Eden Purdy helps poor and working-class Georgians navigate the health care marketplace. Bryson Boech is a grocery cashier recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, what the insurance industry calls a pre-existing condition.

Business officials: 'Dry port' could make Utah a freight hub

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:51pm

Some of the Utah's top business leaders and officials say building an inland port could provide a major boost to the local economy as cargo is ferried from West Coast seaports to the rest of the country.